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Abrosia Maple Bookmatched 1911 Grips

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Project by svenbecca posted 06-10-2017 11:58 PM 1051 views 1 time favorited 17 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Nothing Fancy. Just killing time while the glue set on a couple of projects.

-- A carpenter takes an ugly, knotted, twisted piece of wood and makes something beautiful and pure from it. Jesus is a carpenter, I am a piece of wood.





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Jim Jakosh

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#1 posted 06-11-2017 12:12 AM

Nice grips.I love that ambrosia maple. You have the signature from the beetle in there too!!

cheers, Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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woodshaver Tony C

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#2 posted 06-11-2017 12:48 AM

You picked a good way to past the time while the glue set up! Looks great! Nicely done!

-- St Augustine FL, Experience is the sum of our mistakes!

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#3 posted 06-11-2017 01:04 AM

While timber is readily available here in Australia, that metal thingy is a tad harder to come by… legally.

Nice job.

-- If your first cut is too short... Take the second cut from the longer end... LBD

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firefighterontheside

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#4 posted 06-11-2017 01:11 AM

Nice. When I got my 1911 I said I was gonna make some walnut grips, but I haven’t yet.

-- Bill M. "People change, walnut doesn't" by Gene.

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svenbecca

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#5 posted 06-11-2017 01:17 AM

It is so easy to do 1911 Grips. These are the fifth or sixth pair I’ve made. I want to do some for the M9, but they’re a bit more complicated.

-- A carpenter takes an ugly, knotted, twisted piece of wood and makes something beautiful and pure from it. Jesus is a carpenter, I am a piece of wood.

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ca8920

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#6 posted 06-11-2017 03:42 AM

Nice set of grips on a true classic handgun.

-- Chris, Sparks Nevada, https://www.facebook.com/ArmstrongTouch

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Desert_Woodworker

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#7 posted 06-11-2017 09:44 AM

“Happiness is a warm gun” – Beatles. I like the way the wood softens the steel; nice.

-- Desert_Woodworker

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helluvawreck

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#8 posted 06-11-2017 01:07 PM

You did a beautiful job on these grips.

helluvawreck aka Charles
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-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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#9 posted 06-11-2017 01:22 PM

Pretty.

I’m still getting my shop set up but some 1911 grips are in my near future.

-- "But I’ve bought a big bat. I’m all ready you see. Now my troubles are going to have troubles with me!” ~ Dr. Seuss

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#10 posted 06-11-2017 04:43 PM

Nice job.
Back when I was working in law enforcement I made grips in a variety of woods for S&W model 39, 59, and 659s which were popular then. I could not make enough to meet the demand.

-- Les B, Oregon

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Porchfish

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#11 posted 06-11-2017 06:57 PM

Didn’t know this was a firearms sight ! Well that might require some rethinking! Oh and Desert Woodworker the Beatles Happiness is a warm gun was a satire ! sorry to stick a pin your balloon.

-- The pig caught under the fence is always the one doing all the squealing !

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joandust

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#12 posted 06-11-2017 09:00 PM

The 1911 is my favorite handgun of all time and you’ve honored its greatness with those grips. Beautiful!

-- Joan

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#13 posted 06-11-2017 09:48 PM

Those look great! Did you have to do anything to harden up the wood to be more durable or was it tough enough already? I ask because it seems like most of what I’ve done with spalted maple was silver maple and not very hard at all.

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svenbecca

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#14 posted 06-12-2017 12:09 AM

For firearm grips, Maple is sufficiently hard. If one does not go around pistol whipping others, then the grips should last a pretty long while. They are certainly harder than the wood that was on it when new.


Those look great! Did you have to do anything to harden up the wood to be more durable or was it tough enough already? I ask because it seems like most of what I ve done with spalted maple was silver maple and not very hard at all.

- bigblockyeti


-- A carpenter takes an ugly, knotted, twisted piece of wood and makes something beautiful and pure from it. Jesus is a carpenter, I am a piece of wood.

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JCinVA

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#15 posted 06-12-2017 06:49 AM

The light color really stands out – very nice. Which pack is the 1911 on in the pics?

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